12. There is No Room for Satire in Russia Today. Forty years ago, Tom Lehrer stopped writing his satirical songs because he said there was no room for satire in a world where Henry Kissinger had been given the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, a Russian commentator has said the same thing about his country – there is no room for satire in Russia today – not because of the decision of the Nobel Foundation but because of Moscow’s actions.
13. Selection of Ethnic Karel to Head Finno-Ugric Group Said Intended to Promote Helsinki’s Notion of ‘Greater Finland.’ The selection of Tatyana Kleyerova, an ethnic Karel, to head the International Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric Peoples, is ultimately not about boosting her nation but rather about promoting Finnish influence at Russia’s expense over all Finno-Ugric groups in Russia, according to Moscow commentators.